History

History at Pear Tree Primary School.

At Pear Tree Primary, we view history as a great deal more than learning facts.  We see it as an opportunity to develop skills of enquiry and questioning.

History is taught through our cross curricular topics or occasionally as a stand-alone subject.  The past comes to life when children use a variety of sources of information to find clues and evidence and take part in discussions with their peers.  Through history, children learn to make comparisons and links between the past and modern times and discover how and why things have changed.  They learn about people and events in the past, in Britain and the wider world, and realise that these have influenced our lives today.  Children are taught how to investigate and record their findings in interesting and creative ways including writing, art, drama and ICT.

In Key Stage 1, children learn about the lives and lifestyles of familiar people in the recent past and about famous people and events in the more distant past, including those from British history.

 

In Key Stage 2, children learn about people and important events and developments from recent and more distant times in the locality, in Britain and in other parts of the world.  Children will learn about historical enquiry by looking at as many real sources as possible and by recreating events from the past.

 

History should be exciting, engaging and relevant so where possible we try to use first hand experiences whether it’s trips, artefacts or visitors into school.

We aim to engage our children in the historical process with practical activities such as fieldwork during Forest School. The Stone Age (Y3) has been brought to life with activities, which include cave art, food
tasting, artefact handling and archaeological techniques. Working outdoors has deepened the understanding of history through engaging Forest School experiences. Lighting fires, sitting around them, and using them for cooking, is at the heart of Forest School practice. Having the opportunity to do these activities while discussing ancient people, and watching a demonstration of the history of fire making, develops respect for the survival skills of our prehistoric ancestors. Treasure hunts, for trees 
and plants, as well as foraging for food, shows the ingenuity and knowledge of ancient people and engenders respect for ancient culture. Best of all, from the pupils’ point of view, is the making of dens – Neolithic shelters or Viking long ships (Y6) Throughout the sessions historical vocabulary is introduced in context, while the use of modern materials e.g. tarps instead of skins to make the shelters are explained. 

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